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Support the LAHS choirs

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By Kirsten Laskey

In tough economic times, everyone feels the pinch, and schools are certainly not immune to the sharp squeeze in funds.

Therefore, in response to the changes in funding rules for high school activities, which have made it more expensive to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, the four choirs at Los Alamos High School and the LAHS Choir Booster Club are rolling up their sleeves and exerting some fundraising prowess.

The Winter WaffleFest will be held from 8 -10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple.

The members of the Masonic Temple as well as choir members will cook and serve Belgian waffles, bacon, sausage, eggs and beverages.

Additionally, the students will provide some entertainment while participants dine.

Paula Nichols, choral director, said most of the proceeds will go toward the booster club account. However, revenue from advanced ticket sales will be used for a trip to Anaheim, Calif., in March. The students will compete in a competition and hope to visit Disneyland.

Nichols said the idea for the breakfast came from one of the booster club members who is involved in the Masonic Lodge. It is the first time the choir has hosted the fundraiser.

She encourages people to eat breakfast and support the choirs at the high school. “It should be really good breakfast food and it is always great to support the kids in something that means a lot to them,” she said. “A lot of kids find a satisfaction and joy in music … it’s really special for kids to have the opportunity to make music together.”

There are four choirs at the high school. They include the beginning mixed choir, ’Topper Chorale and the advanced mixed choir, Encore. Additionally, there is an advanced women’s choir called Harmony and a select women’s ensemble called Bel Canto.

About 160 students participate in the choirs and they have experienced a lot of success.

Nichols said every spring the high school is involved in a large group festival. Last year, all four choirs scored straight superior ratings.

Tickets for the breakfast are $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 18.